Burkina Faso 10000 Proof of Concept - by Entrepreneurs Without Frontiers

Restoring techniques

  • Direct sowing
  • Assisted Natural Regeneration


  • Land Degradation Neutrality (SDG 15)
  • Community based reforestation projects with socio-econonomic impacts (SDG 2, 4, 5)
  • Increasing biodiversity by sowing trees, grasses and herbs. We aim per hectare 300 trees (SDG 13, 15)


The African Union's Great Green Wall project was launched in 2007 and runs from Mauritania to Djibouti, 8,000 km long and 100 km wide.
By reforesting, desertification due to climate disturbance is stopped, which over time allows agriculture to be practiced again in this forest (agroforests) and contributes to food security of these countries.

The goals of the Great Green Wall are:

  • Restore 100 million hectares of degraded land
  • Sequester 250 million tons of Carbon
  • Create 10 million green jobs in rural area’s

Five pilar investment

Pillar 1– Investment in small and medium-sized farms and strengthening of value chains, local markets, organization of exports
Pillar 2– Land restoration and sustainable management of ecosystems
Pillar 3 – Climate resilient infrastructures and access to renewable energy
Pillar 4– Favourable economic and institutional framework for effective governance, sustainability, stability and security
Pillar 5 – Capacity building

Eco progressions by entrepreneurs Without frontiers (EwF) in Senegal

A feasibility study was conducted between 2007 and 2009, followed by the launch of a pilot project of 100ha in Lilengo in 2010. From 2011 till 2017, 10,000ha were planted in the north and center of Burkina Faso.

Key drivers:

• Groundwork : the creation of micro-basins and to reinforce infiltration
• Biodiversity (flora): a combination of grasses, herbs and local tree species
• Community engagement: reinforcement and the appropriation and protection of the forest
• Valorisation: sustainable exploitation of non-timber forest products (Arabic Gum, Balanites, ...) and grass land.

Through a participatory process with the local villages, who work with us to propose the desired tree species, the new sites were seeded (after the ground work) by the women's communities. In addition to tree seeds, grasses and herbs are sown to provide short-term benefits. Grasses are mostly for fodder to bridge the dry period and are sold to livestock farmers, but can also be enriched into baskets, mats, brushes that can be sold at local markets. It is a way to provide steady streams of income.
In the long run, the fruits of the trees can be sold, such as gum arabic (Acacia senegal) for the food industry or balanites oil (Balanites tree) for cosmetics purposes. Both are products that can be sold on the international market and have a fixed commodity value.